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A study of suicide notes left by children and young teens

A study of suicide notes left by children and young teens | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it
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This small scale study shows some of the themes present in the suicide notes of children and young people. But the limitations of the research are all too clear also.

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Sucide is real, and a bigger problem than most people think. It is increasingly common in young teens, and the symptoms aren't always easy to see.

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A brother’s mourning clothes: I wanted a uniform of grief

A brother’s mourning clothes: I wanted a uniform of grief | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it
My sister was the one to care about clothes. After she died, I began to notice how little we do to signal our grief
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Baseline Depression Severity and CBT vs Pharmacotherapy Outcomes - Meta-Analysis

Importance  Current guidelines recommend treating severe depression with pharmacotherapy. Randomized clinical trials as well as traditional meta-analyses have considerable limitations in testing for moderators of treatment outcomes.  Objectives  To conduct a systematic literature search, collect primary data from trials, and analyze baseline depression severity as a moderator of treatment outcomes between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medication (ADM).Data Sources  A total of 14 902 abstracts were examined from a comprehensive literature search in PubMed, PsycINFO, EMBASE, and Cochrane Registry of Controlled Trials from 1966 to January 1, 2014.  Study Selection  Randomized clinical trials in which CBT and ADM were compared in patients with a DSM-defined depressive disorder were included. Data Extraction and Synthesis  Study authors were asked to provide primary data from their trial. Primary data from 16 of 24 identified trials (67%), with 1700 outpatients (794 from the CBT condition and 906 from the ADM condition), were included. Missing data were imputed with multiple imputation methods. Mixed-effects models adjusting for study-level differences were used to examine baseline depression severity as a moderator of treatment outcomes.  Main Outcomes and Measures  Seventeen-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI).  Results  There was a main effect of ADM over CBT on the HAM-D (β = −0.88; P = .03) and a nonsignificant trend on the BDI (β = −1.14; P = .08, statistical test for trend), but no significant differences in response (odds ratio [OR], 1.24; P = .12) or remission (OR, 1.18; P = .22). Mixed-effects models using the HAM-D indicated that baseline depression severity does not moderate reductions in depressive symptoms between CBT and ADM at outcome (β = 0.00; P = .96). Similar results were seen using the BDI. Baseline depression severity also did not moderate the likelihood of response (OR, 0.99; P = .77) or remission (OR, 1.00; P = .93) between CBT and ADM.  Conclusions and Relevance  Baseline depression severity did not moderate differences between CBT and ADM on the HAM-D or BDI or in response or remission. This finding cannot be extrapolated to other psychotherapies, to individual ADMs, or to inpatients. However, it offers new and substantial evidence that is of relevance to researchers, physicians and therapists, and patients.


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CBT as useful as antidepressant medication for severe depression.

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Many military veterans' PTSD claims 'fabricated or exaggerated'

Many military veterans' PTSD claims 'fabricated or exaggerated' | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Former top military psychiatrist says 42% of cases had no firm link to military service, diverting resources from genuine needs

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'A stranger stopped me killing myself. Now I want to bring hope to others'

'A stranger stopped me killing myself. Now I want to bring hope to others' | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Jonny Benjamin, who started the Find Mike campaign, is spreading awareness of mental illness by using videos to reach young people and sharing positive stories

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Mental health crisis takes huge and increasing share of police time

Mental health crisis takes huge and increasing share of police time | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Exclusive: Guardian research reveals 33% rise in cases linked to mental health over three years

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Hypnotism used to treat shell shock victims: archive, 3 February 1920

Hypnotism used to treat shell shock victims: archive, 3 February 1920 | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Manchester Guardian, 3 February 1920: Soldiers who suffered in the war years have responded well to the unusual form of therapy, say observers

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Dear patient, thank you for reminding me to listen

Dear patient, thank you for reminding me to listen | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

I was frustrated that I couldn’t do anything to help a woman with mental health problems, but then I realised that just listening could help

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Young children deprived of homes pay a terrible mental price

Young children deprived of homes pay a terrible mental price | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

We see the impact on children’s mental health when they miss out on secure shelter for the first two years of life

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The secret psychologist: I started to experience depression, while treating it in others | Anonymous

The secret psychologist: I started to experience depression, while treating it in others | Anonymous | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

I thought that my line of work shielded me from mental challenges, but it turned out that even psychologists get the blues

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The Spaces in Between by Caroline Jones review – the secret misery of an eating disorder

The Spaces in Between by Caroline Jones review – the secret misery of an eating disorder | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Beneath the calm surface of a high-achieving and eventful life flowed strong and deadly currents – described in this subtle memoir

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The Guardian view on mental health: still underfunded after too many false promises | Editorial

The Guardian view on mental health: still underfunded after too many false promises | Editorial | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Editorial: Another new dawn for mental health. This time it must be for real – the whole NHS depends on it

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Mental health patients to staff own factory: archive, 17 Feb 1960

Mental health patients to staff own factory: archive, 17 Feb 1960 | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

The Guardian, 17 February 1960: So-called industrial therapy was an experiment to help mentally ill people ‘return to normal life’ in the early 1960s

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What Kind of Psychotherapy Should You Choose?

What Kind of Psychotherapy Should You Choose? | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it
I would advise potential clients, friends, or family members to find a therapist who "gets" them, has the expertise to help them reduce their suffering as soon as possible, and teaches them skills to stay better.
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Mental health nurse: 'it’s all about the relationship with our patients'

Mental health nurse: 'it’s all about the relationship with our patients' | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it
A nurse consultant at East London NHS foundation trust explains what it’s like to work in a psychiatry team
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Stressed and exhausted: spot the signs of burnout before it hits you

Stressed and exhausted: spot the signs of burnout before it hits you | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Burnout is often described as ‘overachiever syndrome’. It costs businesses and individuals millions of pounds a year. More importantly, it costs lives

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Thousands have been abused by Isis and their mental health is shattered

Thousands have been abused by Isis and their mental health is shattered | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

With so many sources of trauma, complex post traumatic stress disorder is on the rise among those living in the refugee camps of northern Iraq

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Why can’t we be friends? - Counseling Today

Why can’t we be friends? - Counseling Today | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Over the past three decades, researchers have examined multiple relationships between psychotherapists and their current and former clients, and boundary issues have been explored in the ethics literature.

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'I thought I was going to prison, I owed the council that much money'

'I thought I was going to prison, I owed the council that much money' | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Victims of public sector debt collectors explain the impact of bailiffs, inflexible demands and unaffordable payments on their mental health

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Love and dementia: 'Grandad's like a naughty five-year-old' – video

Love and dementia: 'Grandad's like a naughty five-year-old' – video | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Dominic Sivyer’s portrait of his grandparents as they come to terms with the onset of his grandfather’s dementia

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NICE critique: a call for more research, not excuse for less treatment

NICE critique: a call for more research, not excuse for less treatment | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

NICE guidelines for psychotherapy were criticised last week. Clinical psychologist Lucy Maddox discusses their value in practice.

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‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health

‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

The perceptions of young black women in everyday life may be exacerbating already high rates of depression and anxiety. One writer explains why she’s fighting back

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Do critical parents stop their kids from growing out of ADHD?

Do critical parents stop their kids from growing out of ADHD? | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

A new study has found links between a family’s ‘cycle of negativity’ and a child’s later trouble with work, relationships and crime

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How football is trying to tackle the growing issue of players' mental health

How football is trying to tackle the growing issue of players' mental health | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

Footballers are more likely to suffer from mental health issues than the general population. This is what people in the game are trying to do about the problem

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Forget about a mental health revolution without new cash | Polly Toynbee

Forget about a mental health revolution without new cash | Polly Toynbee | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it

David Cameron’s promised £1bn is old money so can’t be ringfenced – and will be swallowed by existing NHS debts

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Government is funding a mental health system that is failing, Allan Fels says

Government is funding a mental health system that is failing, Allan Fels says | Counselling and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Funding of services is neither effective nor efficient and is letting down patients, economist and mental health commission chair tells the National Press Club The federal government is wasting billions of dollars funding a mental health system...
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